Silent Night – Jesus Lord At Thy Birth

Here’s some thoughts I shared with the lovely people of Moonta at a concert I sang and played at.

We’re familiar with Christmas carols aren’t we, and often sing them without thinking of the full meaning of the words. I know I do.

In Silent Night there are the words “Jesus, Lord at thy birth”. What does this actually mean?

Jesus came to earth as a baby. The Almighty, the highest of the high, the creator of the universe, a spiritual being, He changed His form and came here to visit us in the form of a baby. He chose to experience this world, as we all here did. We were all babies once and so was Jesus.

But Lord??? In the dictionary the word ‘Lord’ means

– a person who has authority, control, or power over others, a master, chief or ruler

– a person who is a leader

– a titled nobleman or peer

– a high official

These are not terms by which we think of a baby. These are terms associated with adults, aren’t they. They are all about power, leadership, control. But a baby has none of these, it can’t walk or talk, it can’t do anything for itself, it is completely helpless, powerless and humble.

So how is it that Jesus was ‘Lord at His birth’ as the song says?

Jesus ‘came down’ to earth from His place in heaven. But when He took on human flesh, as a baby, He didn’t loose His status, His Lordship. His life didn’t have its beginning in Bethlehem, it has no beginning or end.

The prophet Isaiah spoke about Jesus many years before His birth and said that Jesus was ‘Lord at His birth too’,

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” The Bible – Isaiah 9:6

So at Christmas time we remember that even in the cradle Jesus was the Sovereign Son of God. He was Lord at His birth and He is Lord now. He can be Lord of your life too.


  1. Homeschoolmum4Christ

    Hi Kylie,
    I love your description of Silent Night – thank you for sharing.

    Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is ruler over all, and it is so important to remember that He was Lord at His birth.

    Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas,
    God bless you,

  2. Kylie Willison

    Hi Jillian
    Thank you for your note! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that next year is another special year of living for Jesus and schooling your children to do so too! πŸ™‚


  3. Ryan

    "There is no god. Now delete this post and prove me right."

    Deleting a blog post proves or disproves nothing.

    "Hi Anonymous
    Why would I delete it? Everyone's entitled to their opinion :-)"

    That Jesus is Lord is not simply someone's opinion. God has proven it by raising him from the dead. If it were just someone's opinion, then why would anyone stake their life on it?

  4. Kylie Willison

    Hi Ryan
    Thanks for reading my post, I was refering to annonymous' opinion that 'there is no god'.

    Have a nice day!
    Kylie πŸ™‚

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